Tay Bridge

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Tay Bridge (1887-)

Opened on the Tay Bridge (North British Railway).


This double track viaduct is the longest viaduct in the UK. It crosses the River Tay between Wormit and Dundee.

The viaduct replaced the Tay Bridge [1st], 59 ft downstream. The original bridge partially collapsed in a storm in 1879 leading to the deaths of those on board a train crossing the bridge. The decision was taken to replace, rather than repair, the bridge.

From the south there are four brick arches, Tay Bridge South Signal Box being on the southern arch which crosses Bay Road, 24 girders below the line, 13 high girders which enclose the train and provide clearance for shipping, 12 large girders below the line, 25 smaller girders on a curve, and 2 steel arches over the Esplanade and Riverside Drive, followed by several lattice girders and inverted bowstrings to support the platforms of the closed Dundee Esplanade station. The platform buildings portion of the structure is supported on brick and a run of several brick arches carry the line east from the station to Dundee Central Junction.

The northern portion of the viaduct is on a curve to turn the line from northbound to eastbound on the approach to the Dundee shoreline.



External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67